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  • ShelterBox - Coronavirus Update

      25 June 2020

    At ShelterBox, we’re adapting how we work as coronavirus creates a whole new level of risk for vulnerable families who have lost their homes.

    The potential impact of the pandemic in places where we’re already working – like crowded camps and makeshift settlements in Syria, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso – is terrifying.

    These are places more cramped than the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where the virus spread four times faster than it did in Wuhan.

    These are places where many people are already vulnerable because of underlying health issues and a lack of food. Where health care facilities are either non-existent or struggle to cope with demand at the best of times.

    These are places where the impact of coronavirus could be more devastating than anything we have seen so far.

    In the face of this coronavirus crisis, shelter means more than ever.

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  • EMERGENCY: Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

      4 October 2018
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    On Friday 28 September, the people of Sulawesi looked on in horror as giant waves crashed onto their shores.

    First the island was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Then a tsunami tore through the region, flattening everything in its path and turning thousands of homes to rubble.

    Families have been left devastated as they struggle with the catastrophic aftermath. Thousands are still searching for lost family members, whilst also enduring landslides and power outages.

    The disaster has caused the displacement of around 42,000 people and the death of 1,200, and these numbers are expected to rise.

    We’re sending a response team to understand how we can help Sulawesi families who have lost everything. But our resources are limited after an unprecedented stream of disasters this year.

    Right now, our teams are stretched across the globe, responding to natural disasters in the Philippines and Kenya, as well as operating in Syria, Iraq, the Lake Chad Basin and Somalia.

    We rely on our incredible supporters to fund our vital work providing shelter in times of disaster. We’re impatient to respond – wherever we’re needed in the world – but we need your help.

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  • Philippines - Typhoon Mangkhut

      17 September 2018
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    Also known as Ompong in the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut has ripped through the Philippines' main island of Luzon. Its high winds and torrential rains have damaged almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao.

    Thousands of people have been evacuated amid warnings of 6m (20ft) storm surges, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August.

    The Philippines is one of the world’s worst disaster-affected countries. We have responded there 24 times in 13 years - more frequently than any other country.

    In December 2017, Tropical Storms also brought devastation to the Philippines, triggering destructive mudslides and flooding.

    Our teams are currently on their way to help families at risk of losing everything. We're already speaking with our Rotary contacts in the area to understand how we can help as quickly as possible.

    You can help send the aid families need. Weatherproof family tents and shelter, practical tools to rebuild homes, solar lights to combat power cuts and mosquito nets to prevent deadly diseases. Help us save lives by donating now.

    ShelterBox an international disaster relief agency specialising in emergency shelter for families displaced by conflict and natural disasters, is making arrangements to bring in aid. This includes portable solar lighting, which has helped reduce gender-based violence in refugee camps worldwide.

    Please visit our website at: to learn more about our work in Disaster Relief.

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